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Mystery Bridge


Postcard marked 1909


BH Photo #439968


This comes from a postcard that has been postmarked 1909 in Rockport, Indiana. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a Washer built bridge based on the flared outer verticals that he used on his Burr trusses. I believe given the short length (est. around 50 feet, not including the overhang panels) that the arches were omitted on this bridge. This bridge has the same number of panels as the Homer/Mud Creek Bridge that the Kennedy's built without arches. J.A. Britton also left the arches off of several of his shorter spans. I don't believe (based on the vegetation growth on the abutment) that this is a photo of the bridge being built, but rather of it being rehabilitated or torn down. A possible location would be over the Huffman Ditch on what would now be State Road 66, this early main road would have likely seen an upgrade around that time.

Location given is simply a guess


Lost Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge
Rockport, Spencer County, Indiana
No longer exists
- William T. Washer (Likely Fabricator)
Multiple Kingpost through truss (6-panels with flared outer verticals)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.89466, -87.04905   (decimal degrees)
37°53'41" N, 87°02'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/495686/4194128 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83864 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Covered (3,342)
Indiana (5,237)
Lost (31,820)
Multiple Kingpost truss (216)
Mystery (131)
Rockport, Indiana (1)
Spencer County, Indiana (81)
Through truss (19,037)
Truss (38,324)
William T. Washer (22)

Update Log 

  • December 28, 2018: New photo from Tony Dillon